Your life as a glider pilot starts when you enroll on our course…

Your first step is to take an introductory flight in a sailplane. That flight will introduce you to a world you have never known. And it is so exciting that you will want to explore it, to learn more about it and to become part of it. Accept that challenge and you are on your way to becoming a part of the world of glider pilots.


As with any course of study, the more material you read on your own, the faster you’ll learn and the more competent you’ll be.

You can study the theory of glider flying and all the other topics that goes with it during the winter time on our course.

This way you just have the flying part left when the beautiful Finnish summer shows it best thermals.


Basic flight training in modules

Lessons can be scheduled at your convenience (modules). The closer together the lessons are, the easier it is to build on the knowledge gained from previous lessons, and the faster you will learn. Thus we have divided the whole base course into three week long modules. The theory exam has to be done before the third and last module.

Introductory flight

The introductory flight gives you the opportunity to get a taste of what soaring is all about. It is a program that offers you an introductory lesson in flying a glider, during which you will handle the controls of the aircraft under the guidance of an experienced and certificated glider flight instructor.

Back to the Sky course

This course is  ment for the pilots which left flying for any reason and wants to get back into the blue yonder. The goal is re-certification and gaining enough experience and routine so that the flying is again safe and enjoyable

Glider course for Private pilots

This course is meant for private pilots that want to learn how to fly for real and not assisted by a fan in the front. This course is always tailored to suit the trainee and the content is agreed upon in case by case.

Youth Camp

This camp is designed for aviation interested youth that yet are not old enough to legally fly. The goal is to introduce these young aviation enthusiast to the world of recreational flying with the use of model flying, Glider flying, Powered glider flying and motor flying as well as visiting interesting aviation related places.

What is soaring

To fly as the hawk and eagle has been mankind’s dream for centuries. Modern sailplanes make soaring flight possible, and with them humans can fly higher, faster, and farther than the greatest of birds, using only an invisible force of nature to stay aloft. Nummela-71The sport is called “soaring” and to pilot as well as spectator, it has universal appeal. The terms gliding and soaring are used interchangeably. There are many soaring sites in Finland. Visit one and you are likely to find the pilots are men, women, and young people whose experience in sailplane flying may vary greatly, but who share a common bond in being participants in one of the world’s most satisfying and exhilarating sports. How else, within an hour or so of your home, can you become Columbus or Magellan, exploring the unknown? Soaring offers a sense of freedom unique in sports. As a soaring pilot you are no longer earthbound; as your pilot skills increase, you will learn to venture away from the airport in a sailplane, relying on your own skills and judgment in analyzing the terrain and weather. Instead of passively enjoying the countryside or the sky, you will actively look for lift clues in the air, such as birds and the maturity of cumulus clouds; and you’ll gain respect for areas on the ground that can help or hinder you in meeting the continuing challenge of staying aloft. The intellectual challenge of soaring is its main appeal to many glider pilots. Gravity tells you that you and your machine, which together may weigh 250 to 800 kg, haveNummela-56 no business staying aloft and that your place is on the ground since you have no engine to stay airborne. You know that the sun and the wind are providing an invisible force frequently far stronger than the force of gravity, but it’s up to you to make the most of that force through your interpretation of it and of your own pilot skills. The best combination brings the longest flight, the highest altitude gain, or the fastest speed in a contest. For sheer beauty, the sport of soaring is unsurpassed. Sailplanes may vary widely in design but they are all graceful – especially when moving through the sky. Seeing the familiar earth drop away and become ever smaller creates a profound feeling of awe as your sailplane climbs toward the clouds. And the clouds themselves take on new meaning and importance as the earth becomes divided into friendly areas of lift or unfriendly areas of sink. The pilot can enjoy a special kind of relaxation, too. Aside from the swish of wind over the wings, there’s the meditative silence that can have a refreshing unwinding effect. The gain in altitude seems to leave mundane cares on the surface of the earth far below.

Larning to fly in Nummela

Nummela-11Learning to fly a sailplane safely is easy. The instructor can teach you the mechanics of flying the glider in just a few lessons. But don’t be led too quickly into thinking that you have learned all there is to know. Learning to soar is a series of steps and plateaus. How high on that ladder you wish to climb is up to you. Some pilots are content to soar around an airport. Others find exhilaration and satisfaction in cross-country flight and ultimately in competing with other pilots. Learning while flying is fun; a fine balance of determination, flexibility, and practice is necessary to gain the proficiency you will need to get the most out of your sailplane As a basic trainer Nummela Gliding center is one of the largest in Finland, We train about 20 new pilots each year.